Arkansas Crime

A federal appeals court has rejected a request for a new hearing by an Oklahoma man sentenced to death for his role in killing an Arkansas family.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a federal judge's ruling against Danny Lee of Yukon, Oklahoma.

A woman charged in the kidnapping and killing of an Arkansas real estate agent has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in exchange for agreeing to testify against her estranged husband, who also is charged in the death.

The Washington County prosecutor says a capital murder charge against a Springdale man has been dropped because a key witness died.

The charge against 29-year-old Rico Tavarous Cohn was dropped Wednesday and he was released from jail. Prosecutor Matt Durrett told reporters the witness died unexpectedly earlier this year and that the remaining evidence was not sufficient to go to trial.

Durrett declined to release the witness' name.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson says the state is reviewing drug options for lethal injections following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Monday morning.

The court ruled 5-4 to allow Oklahoma to continue to use Midazolam, a sedative that inmates had argued may not prevent pain in lethal injections because it is not a barbiturate.

Hutchinson spoke to press at the Capitol shortly after the ruling.

A southwest Arkansas man charged with kidnapping and killing a Gurdon woman and driving her body across multiple states is due in court for a change of plea hearing.

Court documents show Kevin Bolton is due in U.S. District Court Monday afternoon.

Bolton previously pleaded not guilty to the charge. His attorney did not immediately return a phone call for comment.

Arkansas State Police is investigating whether employees in the Faulkner County clerk's office tampered with financial paperwork for public officials to make it appear they were filed on time.

Clerk Margaret Darter has declined to comment on the matter.

A prosecutor sought a review by the agency, citing irregularities with filings of financial interest statements by county elected officials. The documents provide limited information on sources of income and holdings in the previous year for officials and their spouses.

A popular water park in Little Rock has decided to cancel all future adults-only nights after some became unruly and several fights broke out at a recent event.

Chris Schillcutt, general manager of Wild River Country, said the Saturday event started to get out of hand when nearly 2,000 people lined up to buy tickets around 7 p.m. Tickets were available for 1,500.

Ulonzo Gordon
adc.arkansas.gov

An opinion issued by the Arkansas Supreme Court Thursday could have major implications for more than 50 state inmates who were sentenced to mandatory life sentences as juveniles.

Federal prosecutors say a man who admitted an attack on part of the Arkansas power grid two years ago has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Jason Woodring of Jacksonville also must make $4.7 million restitution to Entergy Arkansas and $48,729 restitution to the First Electric Cooperative.

Investigators said in 2013 that someone tried to lasso a train with a cable attached to a high-voltage tower near Cabot. Later attacks targeted power poles and a substation.

A former circuit judge who pleaded guilty to bribery late last year will go before a federal judge this fall for sentencing, according to court documents filed late Wednesday.

Mike Maggio was scheduled to be sentenced July 24 in federal court in Little Rock. However, the sentencing has been postponed until 10:30 a.m., Nov. 20 before Chief District Judge Brian S. Miller.

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